Money Heist fans were pretty pumped to hear the news regarding a South Korean remake of their favourite Spanish heist drama series. Titled Money Heist: Korea- Joint Economic Area, the 12-episode series is set to be globally released in June 2022, much to the delight of fans.
Set in the East Asian landscape, the show will recreate one of the greatest heists in history and features a massive ensemble cast. Helmed by acclaimed filmmaker Kim Hong-su, who is known for dramas like Black, The Guest, Voice etc., the show will follow in the footsteps of its Spanish predecessor as it records one of the greatest heists in the history of South Korea being carried out in Seoul.
According to one of the vice-overs in the date announcement trailer, “A robber who steals at a massive scale can change the world and even become a hero. Of all the money heists we’ll pull off the biggest one yet. The public will watch the greatest show on Earth live. And they will root for us.”
Since most people are familiar with the Spanish Netflix Original, Money Heist or La casa de Papal, it will be interesting to see how the writers weave in a Korean sensibility to make it unique and moving. While traditional Hahoe masks have replaced the quintessential Salvador Dali masks, the ragtag team of robbers are still donning red overalls; we hope the creators include a traditional Korean song of resistance instead of “Bella Ciao” to make it more authentic.
Ahead of its release, here’s everything we know about Money Heist: Korea- Joint Economic Area:
Everything we know about ‘Money Heist: Korea’
When will ‘Money Heist: Korea’ come to Netflix?
Netflix has released a teaser trailer announcing the release date for Money Heist: Korea- Joint Economic Area. It is scheduled to be a part of Netflix’s summer slate of releases.
Money Heist: Korea- Joint Economic Area will release on Netflix on June 24th, 2022.
How many episodes will ‘Money Heist: Korea’ have?
The first season will have 12 hour-long episodes.
When did the production take place for ‘Money Heist: Korea’?
Money Heist: Korea- Joint Economic Area began filming on September 18th, 2021, and concluded the same in January 2022. The whole series was shot in Seoul, South Korea, and is currently in post-production.
Who are the cast members of ‘Money Heist: Korea’?
Money Heist: Korea- Joint Economic Area has an extensive ensemble cast. Yoo Ji-Tae will be seen as the iconic Professor. While Alvaro Morte created a distinct mark in the Spanish heist series as the mastermind behind the heist, Yoo Ji-tae has huge expectations to live up to.
Squid Game star Park Hae-soo will be taking over Pedro Alonso’s role as Berlin, the Professor’s most trusted associate while Jun Jong-seo will be seen as Tokyo. Whether Hae-soo’s character will follow in the footsteps of its Spanish predecessor and sacrifice himself for the team is worth noting.
Lee Won-jong will play the role of Moscow, Kim Ji-hun will be seen as Denver, Jang Yoon-ju as Nairobi, Park Jung-woo as Rio, Lee Kyu-ho as Oslo and Kim Ji-hun as Helsinki.
The task force will be helmed by Kim Yunjin as Seon Woojin and Kim Sung-o as Cha Moohyuk. Formidable and deadly, Yunjin’s character will probably be a force to reckon with.
The team will hold Park Myung-hoon as Cho Youngmin and Lee Joobeen as Yoon Misun hostages.
Will Alex Pina be a part of the creative team for ‘Money Heist: Korea’?
The original creator of the Spanish series, Alex Pina will serve as the executive producer in this remake where just like its Spanish predecessor, the show will see the Professor and his ragtag team of heist members carry out an audacious heist attempt.
He is joined by Ryu Yong-jae, Choe Sung-jun and Kim Hwan-chae as the screenwriters who are supposed to add a Korean sensibility to the epic heist series.
Pina is particularly proud of the project. He talked about the cultural significance of Korean content wherein the Korean creators, like them (Spanish), are venturing “beyond cultural borders and become a point of reference for thousands of viewers around the world, especially among young people.”Talking about how delighted he is to see Korean creators express interest in adapting Money Heist, he said, “The fact that the action is set on the Korean Peninsula also seems to me to be a milestone which I am really delighted about.”